Aggies Edge Sooners, 3-2, In Baseball Action

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 11, 2001

March 11, 2001

Norman, Okla. - With the help of two seventh inning home runs, Texas A&M defeated Oklahoma 3-2 Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park and captured their third-straight Big 12 Conference series win in Norman. The solo shots by A&M were launched by rightfielder Neal Stephenson and first baseman Jeff Freeman off of OU starting pitcher Austin Mix (0-3) in the seventh frame with the Sooners clinging to a 2-1 lead. Oklahoma dropped to 8-13 overall and 4-2 in the Big 12, while Texas A&M improved to 12-9 and 3-3 in the league.

After A&M jumped ahead with a 1-0 advantage in the third inning, OU scored two runs in the fifth inning to claim the lead. With one out in the inning, senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (1-for-4) reached second base on an error by the Aggie shortstop. Senior first baseman Greg Dobbs (1-for-3) followed with a walk and junior designated hitter Charlie Frasier (1-for-4) laced a double to score Bartlett and advance Dobbs to third. Dobbs crossed home plate on the next play, a ground out by junior rightfielder Zach Harris (1-for-4).

Despite the loss, Mix pitched the entire game for his second career complete game and allowed only seven hits and two earned runs while striking out eight batters.

Although OU was only able to muster six hits total off of A&M reliever Chris Russ (4-1) and starter Justin Moore, the Sooners stranded nine runners on base, including four in scoring position.

The Aggies were led offensively by Stephenson and shortstop Ryan Wardinsky's two-hit performances.

Oklahoma next travels to Tulsa, Okla., to face Oral Roberts on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at J. L. Johnson Stadium.



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